Secretary James Aloisi, Executive Office of Transportation
The Turnpike Authority board of directors today took a necessary and responsible step in approving a two-phased toll increase . Without this vote , Turnpike bonds would be downgraded to junk bond status. That would be bad news for tollpayers and for every state agency and authority. The Board also committed to roll back the toll increase as soon as legislative action is taken on a comprehensive reform and revenue plan for our Commonwealth's transportation system that would provide direct assistance to the Turnpike to pay down debt. Today's approval now allows time for us to work in partnership with the Legislature to pass a comprehensive transportation and economic security plan. A summary of the toll increase may be viewed at the Turnpike Authority website, HERE.
Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase posted on Aug 20
Governor Deval Patrick today announced an agreement in principle allowing the Commonwealth to purchase the Knowledge Corridor rail line between East Northfield and Springfield from Pan Am Southern, a joint venture of Pan Am and Norfolk Southern. The 49-mile segment of rail is currently undergoing …Continue Reading Governor Patrick Announces Knowledge Corridor Line Purchase
Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule posted on Aug 19
MassDOT announced the successful opening of the new Morton Street Bridge in Mattapan more than a full day ahead of the already accelerated schedule. The original structurally deficient bridge carrying Morton Street over the MBTA commuter rail tracks closed on Friday, August 8 for final …Continue Reading Morton Street Bridge Opens Ahead of Schedule
Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens posted on Aug 18
MassDOT’s Highway Division Administrator Frank DePaola today joined state and local officials in celebrating the opening of the new Padelford Street Bridge in Berkley. The $5.65 million project used fast track “Design Build” rapid construction techniques to replace the bridge structure. The result: a limited …Continue Reading Berkley: Padelford Street Bridge Opens